TechCrunch has news of a new service that Skype will offer – Skypecasts which will be a free service that allows ‘live, moderated Skype conversations of up to 100 people. The host may controls mute, eject and “microphone pass”. Skypecasts may be prescheduled and promoted via html snippets’.
I can see lots of possibilities for bloggers with a service like that. For starters it could be very useful for us at b5 to get all our bloggers on the one call for communication and community building but it could also be an interesting way to do live podcastlike gatherings. It’d also be a worthwhile service for people doing online courses if they could make it password protected in some way so that only paying listeners could access the call.